| Event type

100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date6 – 8 August 1932
LocationOlympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Participants20 from 10 countries

Helene Madison had emerged as the dominant force in women’s swimming over the previous two years, breaking record after record and was voted the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 1931. Madison’s progressed to the final but her semi-final swim, where she faded after a strong start and finished in a time that would have seen fail to qualify from the other semi-final, brought a moment of doubt. The 14 year old Willy den Ouden from the Netherlands had broken the Olympic record in reaching the final and looked set to mount a strong challenge to Madison. The American started the final strongly and built up a clear lead but with 25 metres to go she clipped the lane dividers and lost speed. Regaining her momentum, she pushed on to the end and finished ahead of her Dutch rival.

1Helene MadisonUSA1:08.9 (1 h3)1:09.9 (1 h2)1:06.8 (1)Gold
2Willy den OudenNED1:09.2 (2 h4)1:07.6 (1 h1)1:07.8 (2)Silver
3Eleanor Garatti-SavilleUSA1:08.5 (1 h4)1:08.8 (2 h1)1:08.2 (3)Bronze
4Josephine McKimUSA1:09.3 (2 h2)1:08.8 (3 h1)1:09.3 (4)
5Frances BultAUS1:11.4 (3 h2)1:10.2 (2 h2)1:09.9 (5)
6Jenny MaakalRSA1:11.0 (2 h3)1:10.6 (3 h2)1:10.8 (6)
4 h1 r2/3Joyce CooperGBR1:09.0 (1 h2)1:09.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Corrie LaddéNED1:12.1 (1 h1)1:11.8 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Yvonne GodardFRA1:12.2 (2 h1)1:14.1 (5 h1)
3 h1 r1/3Valerie DaviesGBR1:12.7 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Lilli AndersenDEN1:11.6 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Yukie ArataJPN1:16.1 (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/3Hatsuho MatsuzawaJPN1:17.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Rie VierdagNED1:13.3 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Edna HughesGBR1:15.1 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Irene PirieCAN1:16.3 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3Marjorie LintonCAN1:19.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Irene MullenCAN1:15.2 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Kazue KojimaJPN1:16.2 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3Maria LenkBRA1:25.8 (5 h4)

Round One (6 August 1932 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

11Corrie LaddéNED1:12.1Q
23Yvonne GodardFRA1:12.2Q
32Valerie DaviesGBR1:12.7
44Hatsuho MatsuzawaJPN1:17.1
55Marjorie LintonCAN1:19.9

Heat Two

13Joyce CooperGBR1:09.0QOR
24Josephine McKimUSA1:09.3Q
32Frances BultAUS1:11.4q
41Rie VierdagNED1:13.3
55Irene MullenCAN1:15.2

Heat Three

14Helene MadisonUSA1:08.9QOR
22Jenny MaakalRSA1:11.0Q
31Lilli AndersenDEN1:11.6
43Edna HughesGBR1:15.1
55Kazue KojimaJPN1:16.2

Heat Four

13Eleanor Garatti-SavilleUSA1:08.5QOR
25Willy den OudenNED1:09.2Q
34Yukie ArataJPN1:16.1
42Irene PirieCAN1:16.3
51Maria LenkBRA1:25.8

Semi-Finals (7 August 1932 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Willy den OudenNED1:07.6QOR
2Eleanor Garatti-SavilleUSA1:08.8Q
3Josephine McKimUSA1:08.8Q
4Joyce CooperGBR1:09.2
5Yvonne GodardFRA1:14.1

Heat Two

1Helene MadisonUSA1:09.9Q
2Frances BultAUS1:10.2Q
3Jenny MaakalRSA1:10.6Q
4Corrie LaddéNED1:11.8

Final (8 August 1932 — 15:00)

1Helene MadisonUSA1:06.8OR
2Willy den OudenNED1:07.8
3Eleanor Garatti-SavilleUSA1:08.2
4Josephine McKimUSA1:09.3
5Frances BultAUS1:09.9
6Jenny MaakalRSA1:10.8